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Nigel Farr

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Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

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Corporate (Asset Management)


Nigel specialises in investment fund work. Acting for asset managers, the funds they manage and investment banks and brokers, he has been involved in numerous London and Euronext listed public fund launches, secondary capital raisings, takeovers, proxy battles, capital reorganisations and reconstructions. He also handles private fund formation work. Nigel has extensive experience of a wide variety of fund structures and asset classes, including real estate, infrastructure, private equity, hedge fund and other investment strategies. His practice also includes regulatory and other advisory work for asset managers, the funds under their management and their boards of directors and institutional investors.


Nigel qualified at Herbert Smith & Co., as it then was, in 1987 and became a partner in 1994.

London: Investment fund formation and management

Listed funds

Within: Leading individuals

Nigel Farr - Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Within: Listed funds

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP handles a range of listed fund formation work, often involving less traditional asset classes. Nigel Farr advised BioPharma Credit on its fully-subscribed IPO, which included rolling elements of a private fund into it. Tim West assisted NB Private Equity Partners with moving its shares from the specialist fund segment to the premium segment of the London Stock Exchange, and advised Gabelli Merger Plus+Trust, which operates a hedge fund-style merger arbitrage structure, on its IPO. In another cross-border highlight, West advised BlackRock Greater European Investment Trust on a proposed secondary listing in Johannesburg. Nish Dissanayake advised Sherborne Investors on its IPO, which raised £700m for a strategy of purchasing a public company. Other clients include Polar Capital Global Healthcare Trust, which Farr advised on a tender offer, and Marble Point Loan Financing Limited, a fund investing in collateralised loan obligations, which West assisted with its IPO on the specialist fund segment. In the sponsor space, Stifel Nicolaus is another client.

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Private funds

Within: Private funds

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has particular strength in emerging markets work; Stephen Newby  ('always willing to assist with any problem, whether big or small') advised Solon Capital Partners on forming a sub-Saharan Africa investment platform, Solon Capital Holdings, which secured investments from CDC Group. Nigel Farr is also a name of note. Other work includes advice to sovereign wealth funds.

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Real estate funds

Within: Real estate funds

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP handles a range of matters in real estate investment, some of which with residential elements. Stephen Newby handles work concerning funds with European assets, as well as fund restructurings. Tim West  has expertise in authorised contractual schemes. Nigel Farr is also a name of note. Clients include Lendlease and Neuberger Berman.

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